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Musings about capacity building, program evaluation, and data visualization.

Celebrating 1 Year of Solopreneurship

Celebrating 1 Year of Solopreneurship

One year ago, I filed my LLC paperwork. Two weeks later, I gave notice at my full time job. Two weeks after that, I said goodbye to my old position. This post describes and celebrates the process of stepping into solopreneurship.

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Visualizing Data Projections in Excel

Visualizing Data Projections in Excel

Recently, a colleague asked me how to visualize projections in Excel. The pressure was on, and they needed to wow their boss with their skills. The hardest part of a projection graph is, well, the actual projections. If you already have that data, like this group did, then making an informative graph is simple with just a few tweaks to the Excel default.

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Opportunities & Outcomes Mapping: Moving from Confusion to Clarity

Opportunities & Outcomes Mapping: Moving from Confusion to Clarity

Years of working with nonprofits, community coalitions, foundations, and state agencies has taught me one thing: data is messy! But that doesn’t mean that data has to be confusing. Opportunities and outcomes mapping offers a 3-step process to help organizations reconnect with your vision and values. This process will transform your team to move from data to insight to action so you can do your good work even better.

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Shifting into Solopreneurship: Wearing the Hat of Business Owner

Shifting into Solopreneurship: Wearing the Hat of Business Owner

In my evaluation work, I wear many hats, often balancing multiple roles each day: consultant, coach, collaborator, writer, designer, advocate. Right now the hat I am most proud of is solopreneur. In 2021, I took the leap to move to full-time solopreneurship and run my own business. This is something I had been dreaming about and planning for years. So in true evaluator fashion, I spoke to colleagues – both new and experienced – during the planning process to hear about their work in the field.

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